How to Keep Fake Silver From Turning Colors

By Gwen Wark

When fake silver oxidizes, it becomes a green and bronze color that gives away the fact that your jewelry isn't as real as it seems. Oxidization occurs when the materials in imitation silver are exposed to air, light or moisture, resulting in a chemical bond that creates a greenish or bronze color that can rub off on your skin. Preventing the chemical reaction between air and the metals in the imitation silver also prevents the unsightly color change.

Keep your fake silver from oxidizing to prevent it from turning colors.

Step 1

Coat your imitation silver jewelry with clear nail varnish. This will slow down oxidization by minimizing exposure to air, skin, salt and humidity.

Step 2

Remove jewelry promptly when finished and wipe it down with a soft, clean cloth. This removes any lingering traces of salt and oils, which cause oxidization, from the skin that transferred to the jewelry while being worn.

Step 3

Wrap your jewelry in an anti-tarnish cloth or bag before storing. These materials slow down the oxidization process and extend the life of your jewelry.

Step 4

Store your imitation silver in a dark jewelry box to minimize exposure to light, a cause of oxidization, between wearings.